Doug Clemens is a lifelong resident of North St. Louis County. He is a 1986 graduate of Pattonville Senior High School. After completing his degree in Political Science – International Relations and Economic Studies at the University of Missouri - Columbia in 1991, he returned to his home in Northwest County. “I understand the legislative and budgeting process of our government on a very intimate level, and living in the community, I see how those decisions affect local business and my neighbors,” said Clemens. Doug continues to live in the area with his partner, Stephanie Harris. They are both graduates of Pattonville Class of ’86. Stephanie is an American Sign Language interpreter and District Manager for a company that provides video relay services. They have 2 cats and a dog named Pegg Wiggins (from Stray Rescue of St. Louis—we’re not sure why she came with her own last name!)
Doug believes that the best service one can provide his community is to be a good and caring neighbor. “I grew up in a neighborhood where my neighbors were considered family, I have been back in this community since shortly after I earned my degree, almost 22 years. I consider my current neighbors just as close, that is what makes this community so strong, this belief in taking care of your neighbor…” Clemens commented.
Doug has been an active member of his community. As a young man, Doug was a member of UAW Local 282 and UFCW Local 655. He has been a member of the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, the Home Builder’s Association, the Northwest Chamber of Commerce, the St. Louis Realtors Association, and the Regional and Commercial Growth Association.
Doug is currently a member of OPEIU 277, North County Labor Club, Missouri Votes Conservation Legislative Committee, Airport Township Democratic Club, Ferguson Township Democratic Club, Normandy Township Democratic Club, and Northwest Township Democratic Club.
Doug has spent nineteen years in operations management working in retail, hospitality and transportation. “I have always taken my role in management very seriously. Meeting the challenge of not only hitting budget, but growing a business that provides secure employment and great customer service is thrilling,” he said.
Doug believes the community needs continued improvement in the areas of job creation, healthcare, and education. Doug feels that continuing to improve our infrastructure by taking what our community has already developed and making it better is the best way to attract growing industry and new jobs. He regards education as the keystone to a strong community and early childhood education as a crucial key to enabling our children to be more effective students and successful adults and citizens. Doug understands the debate over healthcare and knows that quality improvement to healthcare must come from all levels of government and industry.